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How JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Will Fix THE LOST WORLD

After a seemingly endless week of teasing, the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has arrived…and it looks awfully familiar. The sequel to Jurassic World appears to have more than just a few passing similarities to The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the second film in the franchise. Today’s Nerdist News is exploring the hints that Fallen Kingdom may actually be a second chance to get The Lost World right.

Join host and paleontology-adjacent adventurer, Jessica Chobot, as she looks back at The Lost World and compares clips from the new trailer to several scenes from the original. While there wasn’t an exploding volcano in The Lost World, both films seem to share a plot about a rescue team heading to the island to save the dinosaurs. In fact, there’s even a potential explanation for the volcanic activity in Michael Crichton‘s books. The theme park was supposedly powered by tapping into the volcano flows beneath the island, which may be why it’s so suddenly active in the present.

It’s fitting that Jeff Goldblum‘s Ian Malcolm is back for this film, since he hasn’t been a part of the franchise since The Lost World. It’s also easy to see the parallels between John Hammond’s attempt to recruit Ian for the rescue mission with Owen Grady convincing Claire Dearing to return. It even appears that a rival team is attempting to poach dinosaurs from the island, which was pretty much the whole plot of The Lost World.

We have to wonder whether The Lost World is even still in continuity with this film, since Jurassic World really only seemed to acknowledge the first Jurassic Park. If Fallen Kingdom is simply improving upon that sequel’s ideas then we’re all for it. Especially if it means setting a T-Rex lose in San Diego or any other major U.S. city.

What do you think about the similarities between Fallen Kingdom and The Lost World? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

Images: Universal Pictures

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